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University of Colorado Colorado Springs

The UCCS College of Education prepares teachers to innovate, inspire, and lead in the classrooms and communities they serve. Our graduates enter the profession with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for meaningful, sustainable, high-impact careers. 

UCCS offers undergraduate, graduate, and licensure programs driven by our core values of equity, inquiry, and innovation. Nearly 90% of our graduates secure and sustain teaching jobs in Colorado. US News and World Reports ranks UCCS among its “Top Public Schools,” and the College of Education has been a “Best Education School” since 2019. 

Military Times distinguishes UCCS as a “Best for Vets College,” and we are a “Premier Campus” with a Campus Pride index of 4.5/5 stars. 

We believe all students, at all levels, deserve an excellent education. Our signature programs address critical areas of teacher specialization, such as STEM education, inclusive practices, and rural education. At UCCS, academic courses are taught by experienced pK-12 educators who bridge theory and practice, through personalized and collaborative learning. In schools across the Pike’s Peak region, candidates engage in rich ‘hands on’ field experiences which foster career readiness, social justice, leadership, technology integration, and reflective practice. 

UCCS welcomes traditional and non-traditional learners, active military and veteran students, and candidates from underrepresented communities.

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  • Colorado Springs, CO
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The UCCS educator preparation programs continue to be highly ranked and regarded within Colorado. According to the Colorado Department of Education, nearly 90% of program completers were hired by districts within Colorado - far surpassing the state average. Once in their classroom, UCCS students continue to be innovators in their teaching by examining new ways to bring effective instruction and an excitement for learning to Colorado's students.

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Bachelor’s & lic.
  • Undergraduate Educator Preparation
  • Alternative Licensure Program (ALP)
Master’s & lic.
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
Bachelor’s & licensure
Undergraduate Educator Preparation
  • 48 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person, Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
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Program Info

Undergraduate teacher preparation at UCCS provides candidates a powerful foundation in educational theory and teaching practices. With a focus on supporting diverse and exceptional learners, the program is driven by our core values of equity, inquiry, and innovation. Our teachers are creative, dedicated, and ready to excel in early childhood, elementary, middle level, and secondary positions in Colorado and beyond.

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  • 48 months
    Program Duration
  • In-person, Hybrid
    Program Format
  • Pre-Test Required
Upcoming Deadlines
  • Deadlines
    Program Start
  • Mar. 01, 2022
  • Rolling Deadline
  • Rolling Deadline
  • Aug. 01, 2022
Tuition & Fees
In State Tuition
Out of State Tuition
Application Fee
Cost Offsets
Students at University of Colorado Colorado Springs have reduced the cost of their program using these methods. Check with University of Colorado Colorado Springs to see if you can, too!
Grants, Stipends, Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are available. See https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/ for additional information.

Loan Forgiveness

Federal programs have been established to support educators who serve high-needs populations and in designated educator shortage areas. See https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/ for additional information.

Work Study, Working While Still Enrolled

Work study options may be available. See https://www.uccs.edu/finaid/ for additional information.

For more information visit: Financial Aid Office
Licensure Area
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12)
Early Childhood Education (Birth-8)
Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-3)
Elementary Education (K-6)
English Language Arts (7-12)
Mathematics Middle School (6-8)
Mathematics Secondary Education (7-12)
Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Special Education (Pre-K-12)
World Languages (K-12)

Program Semesters/Steps Overview

  • Program Overview

Program Hallmarks

  • Hands-On Experience

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Mentoring & Coaching

Total Enrollment
Entry GPA Min Undergrad Eligibility
Entry GPA Med
Program Completers
  • Male
  • Female
  • 12%
  • 88%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races
  • 0%
  • 2%
  • 4%
  • 15%
  • 0%
  • 75%
  • 5%
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